Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Trump Travels To Flood-Soaked North Carolina

Trump Travels To Flood-Soaked North Carolina

"Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The death toll rose to at least 35 in three states, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and New York State. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 36 inches (91 centimeters) of rain fell over the city that lies along alongside the Cape Fear River.

President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Carolinas on Wednesday to survey the storm damage.

Recently, Trump has angrily challenged the almost 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago.

The federal response to Hurricane Florence has largely been overshadowed by the president's claims of "A Plus" response to past storms, including that of Hurricane Maria.

Both Carolinas are grappling with the effects of severe flooding, with more flooding expected as rivers crest.

"I haven't been home since it started".

Evacuees from Pender and Brunswick counties should especially not go home due to flooding, he said. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

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At Fayetteville, about 160 kilometres inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck. New Bern's city manager says that at least 4,300 homes and 300 businesses were hit during the storm - bringing the cost estimate of Florence so far to almost $6 million dollars.

'Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe, ' Cooper said in a news conference.

Crews must work to reopen roads, restore power, contain hazardous materials and restore medical services, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said at Cherry Point.

'I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical, ' he said.

Hog producers, including Smithfield, lowered the levels of waste in lagoons before the storm, but up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain overwhelmed some farms.

The former Chicago Bulls shooting guard and current Charlotte Hornets owner donated one million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation for The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund, according to Fox 8.

Solid: The six-time National Basketball Association champion and Charlotte Hornets owner contributed $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC. And even though the storm is over, the risk of damage is not.

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